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Twenty years af­ter bid­ding farewell to 100,000 peo­ple (though some claim as many as 250,000) lin­ing the Syd­ney Opera House fore­court, Crowded House re­turns with en­core per­for­mances at this iconic site, coin­cid­ing with the band’s in­duc­tion into the ARIA Hall of Fame and mark­ing a wor­thy fi­nale to a month of di­verse mu­si­cal con­tent. The con­cert — one of four — co­in­cides with the reis­su­ing in all for­mats, in­clud­ing vinyl, of seven of the fa­bled group’s al­bums, each one ac­com­pa­nied “by a rich trove of rar­i­ties”, ac­cord­ing to Neil Finn, in­clud­ing demos and other un­re­leased mu­si­cal cu­rios. The con­cert will be simul­cast live across ABC plat­forms, ABC tele­vi­sion, Dou­ble J and iView, giv­ing you the op­por­tu­nity to watch wher­ever you are. Award-win­ning jour­nal­ist Heather Ewart re­turns to take us on an­other nine-part jour­ney to meet more of this coun­try’s most colour­ful char­ac­ters and re­silient com­mu­ni­ties. She’s on the road to dis­cover more about what makes coun­try towns tick; that sturdy op­ti­mism and ro­bust sense of com­mu­nity they ex­ude. It’s a con­cept of some com­plex­ity, Ewart dis­cov­ers, as she meets peo­ple with a kind of pi­o­neer­ing vi­tal­ity whose grit and good hu­mour can of­ten in­spire. First stop is the small South Aus­tralian town of Mun­dulla, 280km south­east of Ade­laide, which is about to stage the an­nual Moot Yang Gunya Fes­ti­val, be­fore the se­ries crosses the coun­try. Sex Box Fri­day, 9.40pm, ABC Two Screen­ing as part of the ABC Two’s Dat­ing & Mat­ing week, and teamed with the en­core screen­ing of Luke McGre­gor’s Aussie se­ries Luke Warm Sex, this is the sec­ond sea­son of the Bri­tish se­ries in which cou­ples dis­cuss their feel­ings and GI Joe: Re­tal­i­a­tion sen­sa­tions about their love life af­ter hav­ing sex. This they do be­fore a live au­di­ence in a large sound­proofed box that con­tains noth­ing more than a bed and a pil­low cam­era. It sounds a bit voyeuris­tic and slightly tawdry but it’s good fun for all con­cerned, it seems. The show is hosted by suave and rather droll Welsh TV host Steve Jones and Bel­gian sex­ol­o­gist Goedele Liekens (“First bla bla, then boom”), and filled with prac­ti­cal advice, tech­ni­cal hints, vis­ual guides and spe­cially com­mis­sioned sur­veys. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (Satur­day, 8.35pm, SBS), di­rected by Terry Jones, is a must-see com­edy for all Python fans and any­one who loves an­ar­chic satire. The ensem­ble, which in­cludes Gra­ham Chap­man, John Cleese and Michael Palin, is ou­tra­geous as al­ways in mul­ti­ple roles mock­ing and satiris­ing not only re­li­gion but Hol­ly­wood epic bib­li­cal movies. Jon M. Chu’s GI Joe: Re­tal­i­a­tion (Thurs­day, 8.30pm, Eleven), a se­quel to 2009’s GI Joe: The Rise of Co­bra, the science fic­tion ac­tion movie based on Has­bro’s GI Joe toy, comic and me­dia fran­chises, con­tin­ues the ad­ven­tures of the GI Joe team. The cast in­cludes Jonathan Pryce, Chan­ning Ta­tum, Bruce Wil­lis and Dwayne Johnson in a feast of shapeshift­ing bad­dies, fu­tur­is­tic tech and ac­tion block­buster thrills. Bio-pic Max Manus (Wed­nes­day, 1.30am, SBS), star­ring Ak­sel Hen­nie and di­rected by Joachim Ron­ning and Espen Sand­berg, is the story of Nor­way’s great­est World War II hero, a ruth­less anti-Nazi who, af­ter the war, be­came an al­co­holic and suf­fered ner­vous break­downs. The film re­ceived six Nor­we­gian Amanda Awards in 2009, in­clud­ing best film. At the time of film­ing in 2008, it was the most ex­pen­sive Nor­we­gian film made.

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